The lining of the nose needs to be kept moist to prevent “cracking” of the lining of the nasal passages which can lead to discomfort and bleeding. This problem is more prevalent in our dry winter months. Some patients who autoimmune conditions can be prone to both dry eyes and dry nose, however either can occur in many people. Having a humidifier especially in the winter months can be helpful. Over the counter prescription nasal gels can help and newer nasal sprays containing sesame oil can offer great long lasting protection which may be less irritating. Some patients have found applying coconut oil to be the most effective while others prefer squeezing the contents of a vitamin E oil capsule and applying this to the lining of the nose. Once to twice daily application is suggested to prevent nasal irritation.
Carolyn Whiskin is the Pharmacy Manager for Charlton Health. Carolyn specializes in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, pharmaceutical compounding, women’s health, pain and smoking cessation. Carolyn has won provincial and national awards for her commitment to patient care and public service.